This photo was taken last year, but I will always consider it one of my favorite portraits I have done for The Post. I was working with a 16-35mm lens, one of the most used lenses in my bag, and I wanted to see what I could produce while using it. The shoot included shots of Aaron Alkema with and without his mask on. However, I felt the one with the mask on was more successful in its visual communication. With the full gear and mask on, it allows the eyes to remain the one true human element of the photo, considering his body is covered with gear. That also places a large importance on the success of that one element of the photo, however, I felt the look in his eyes was worth the photo.
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